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that the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes who had been -- allegedly holding this boy in his backyard bunker all this time, that the suspect in the case is dead. kimberly, all of this began last tuesday afternoon. the boy was riding home on a school bus in this neighborhood, in this area where i am when a gunman boarded the bus, the bus driver positioned himself between the gunman and the children. the gunman opened fire fatally wounding mr. poland and one of the children was taken hostage. that child being that 5-year-old brought to a backyard bunker in the backyard of this suspect jimmy lee dykes, a 65-year-old who neighbors describe as very territorial someone who would become violent if neighbors or even a dog would venture anywhere close to his property. neighbors saying he harbored very strong anti government views. through out the standoff that ensued authorities kept a long line of communication with the suspect 24-hours a day through a pvc pipe that was providing ventilation from the surface down into under ground bunker. authorities releasing very few details about the discussions. the
is a dinosaur. little ethan's kidnaper is dead, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes killed yesterday in the fbi raid that freed that little boy. victor blackwell, live from midland city, alabama this morning. i know you're very excited to be sharing this information, victor. what do we know about the raid and why law enforcement actually decided to go in? >> good morning, zoraida. two reasons primarily. the first is because authorities say they observed jimmy lee dykes with a gun and the second reason is because in the day leading up to that raid, the communications with dykes had broken down. so they realized they could not wait any longer to go in and rescue ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken into a hospital after nearly a week being held in an underground bunker in alabama. >> he's fine. he's laughing, playing, joking, eating, the things you would expect a normal 5-year-old or 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave, he's very lucky. the success story is that he is out safe and doing great. >> reporter: the dramatic end came after officers saw 65-year-old
in which a vietnam war veteran has been holding a five- year-old lawyer hostage. jimmy lee dykes kidnapped the little boy last tuesday -- five- year-old little boy hostage. jimmy lee dykes kidnapped the little boy last tuesday. yesterday, law enforcement officials raided the bunker. >> a 7-day standoff came to an abrupt end when the fbi stormed an underground bunker here in rural alabama. officers raided the bunker and rescued the boy within seconds after negotiations with his captor, jimmy lee dykes, broke down. dykes was confirmed dead, though no details were given. the boy known only as ethan was described as physically unharmed and taken to a local hospital. ethan's ordeal began last tuesday when dykes boarded his school bus and demanded two boys between the ages of six and eight. the driver, chuck poland, blocked his path and was shot dead. dykes then grabbed ethan. the 65-year-old vietnam veteran was described by neighbors as an angry man.he patrolled his property with a gun. he was facing a court case for threatening neighbors. he was said by one to have beaten her dog to death. dur
any question as to what happened. they only informed us that the suspect 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. they had been trying to negotiate through out this ordeal which was about to go into a 7th day through out the ordeal. it sounded like negotiations were peaceful. mr. dykes allowing them to supply comfort supplies to the little boy. supplies such as medication, snacks, such as cheez-its and toys such as a red hot wheels car he requested yesterday. but today although they did not elabora elaborate, authorities say the negotiations started to go south and that is when they decided to storm the bunker. listen to what they said at a news conference moments ago. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon fbi agents safely recovered the child who has been held hostage for nearly a week. within the past 24-hours negotiations deteriorated and mr. dykes was observed holding a gun. at this point fbi agents fearing the child was in eminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. the child appears physically unharmed and is being treated at a local hospital. the subject is deceased
-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. they had been trying to negotiate through out this ordeal which was about to go into a 7th day through out the ordeal. it sounded like negotiations were peaceful. mr. dykes allowing them to supply comfort supplies to the little boy. supplies such as medication, snacks, such as cheez-its and toys such as a red hot wheels car he requested yesterday. but today although they did not elabora elaborate, authorities say the negotiations started to go south and that is when they decided to storm the bunker. listen to what they said at a news conference moments ago. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon fbi agents safely recovered the child who has been held hostage for nearly a week. within the past 24-hours negotiations deteriorated and mr. dykes was observed holding a gun. at this point fbi agents fearing the child was in eminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. the child appears physically unharmed and is being treated at a local hospital. the subject is deceased. >> the standoff began tuesday afternoon, nearly 7 days ago in the late afternoon. a gun
the boy was being held captive by 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes after dykes boarded a stopped school bus last week, shot and killed driver charles poland and abducted the child. held for a week in an underground bunker beneath dykes' property, fbi said negotiations deteriorated within the last 24 hours and that dykes was observed holding a gun. >> at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: nbc news has learned a diversionary device was used and that the hostage rescue team entered through a door at the top of the bunker. >> by the great of god, you know, he's okay that was the mission of every man and woman on this compound. >> reporter: the horrific ordeal now over for the 5-year-old. his parents and this community. kurt gregory, nbc news. >>> immigration reform goes front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks at the white house. house members will tackle the very issue on capitol hill. tracie potts joins us with a preview of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that he
-old young man to do. >> police say the boy's kidnapper 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. details are still unclear as law officials begin what they say say thorough and labor intensive investigation. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: released in the small community of midland city, alabama, following the dramatic rescue of a 5-year-old held captive for seven days in an underground bunker. wait that a tightly knit community had been anxious to hear. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon, fbi agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for nearly a week. >> reporter: police say the boy has been held captive by 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes after dykes boarded a school bus last week, shot and killed the bus driver. fbi said negotiations with dykes deteriorated within the last 24 hours and that dykes was observed holding a gun. >> at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: nbc news has learned a diversionary device was used and that the hostage rescue team entered in a door at the to
between themselves and jimmy lee dykes, but making every positive nuance they could get to connect him with that little boy. realize that mr. dykes we know was a father himself. he has a grown adult daughter. so all of these things would be very subtly rolled into the negotiations, and should mr. dykes be deceased at his own hands or at the hands of law enforcement, obviously that's a shame, but the thing that we want to see in a situation like this is, number one, we want the hostage to come out alive. number two, we want to protect law enforcement, and, number three, the hostage taker pretty much makes his own choice. for seven days they have extended to him the hand to come on out of that bunker and surrender himself. for seven days he's turned that down. he either made a decision himself today or law enforcement made a decision they were going to resolve it, and the positive thing is this little boy turning 6 on wednesday, he will be with his family to celebrate that birthday. >> well, as i say, our justice correspondent pete williams is reporting that a law enforcement official sa
bunker, being held, police say, by this man, 65-year-old vietnam vet named jimmy lee dykes. local authorities released that photo late today, first time we have gotten a look at him. he's said to be a survivalist with anti-government views. the immediate crisis began when authorities say he shot and killed a school bus driver and took the boy hostage. victor blackwell is in midland city, alabama, with late details. victor, you learned today the suspect may have met the bus driver before. what do you know about that? >> reporter: well, that's right, anderson. we know this could come down to the road and the bus. we know, as you said, that jimmy lee dykes, this 65-year-old man, who we see is described as being 6 feet tall, about 170 pounds, a man not well liked in this community, we're told by neighbors that he has a history of shouting at anyone who or anything that crosses on to his property line, even the animals. actually, he was supposed to be in court on wednesday for allegedly shooting at a neighbor. the neighbor says that somehow he damaged dykes road and dykes fired shots a
, the communications with jimmy lee dykes became agitated. he continued to talk, but as it went on and on, he became less willing to negotiate, we heard from alabama state police this morning. then they noticed he had a gun, how, i will leave that to chris. but they said when you add the agitation with this weapon, they from the sources we have spoken with, said it came down to three options, either he was going to shoot himself, he was going to shoot himself and ethan, or he was going to do something to force them to come in and shoot him. so they decided at about 3:00 local time, 4:00 eastern yesterday, they had to go in. they pulled him out. we know that jimmy lee dykes was dead when it was all over. >> all right. hold for a second, victor. i want to bring in chris lawrence. with this pentagon connection, chris, it's unbelievable to see how high up the chain the help came from. the defense secretary himself offering help. can you list out for us as best you can knowing we still have a lot of information to come, what kind of gear did the pentagon provide to help those authorities on the ground? >
that's been going on. jimmy lee dykes is the suspect. we've been informed by authorities there's been a major development in this case. that's about the only way they will classify what's happened. we have noted there's been some significant activity taking place on site. we saw two ambulances go and then leave the property. they didn't have their lights on. we've also seen clusters of authorities on site as well. all of this of course unusual from what weem been watching over the past several days. and then we've been told there's going to be a news conference and a fairly significant one in just a few minutes. there was a news conference that was held earlier today. it was by the local sheriff. and he insinuated for the first time there could be a motive to all this. listen to what he had to say. >> i can't really comment on anything specific. the communications, anything like that, that's been going on. what i can say generally is based on our discussion with mr. dykes, he feels like he has a story that's important to him. although it's very complex. we tried to make a safe environ
neighbors have identified as 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes stopped a school bus, shot the driver, killed him, and took a random kindergarten on the bunker on his property. now, neighbors describe the vietnam veteran as a survivalist and a menace to the community who had a history of threatening people. our victor blackwell is about a half a mile away from the bunker tonight. victor, i know this has been a very troubling and disturbing the story, because now another 24 hours have gone by. there have been few developments in terms of whether this little boy will be freed. what can you tell us more about this suspect? >> reporter: well, we've spoken with more than a few people in this community who have had run-ins with jimmy lee dykes, and i can tell you that he's not well thought of in this community. they tell us stories of shouting at them, allegedly shooting at them. they say he patrolled his property between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. with a flashlight and a shotgun and threatened to shoot anyone or anything that came on to his property. one woman we spoke with said she never even knew the man's
, as you said, that jimmy lee dykes, this 65-year-old man we see, was described as being 6 feet tall, about 170 pounds. a man who was not well liked in this community. we're told by neighbors he has a history of shouting at anyone who or anything that crosses onto his property line, even the animals. actually, he was supposed to be in court on wednesday for allegedly shooting at a neighbor. the neighbor says that somehow he damaged dikes' road, and dykes fired a shot at him. that was supposed to be on wednesday, but we know by wednesday, dykes and this kindergartner had been in this bunker for some time. we want to show you the bunker, the lay of the land. this is a description based on a description by the neighbor. you see the trailer. that's where he lives. next to it, a red container for storage. and then the bunker. 10 to 12 feet high with cinder block steps along the side and bricks lining the walls. there's no mortar because this thick, red, alabama clay keeps everything together, and because he was a survivalist, we do not know how long he can stay in this bunker, but we're told, th
dragged him there. how did hostage taker jimmy lee dykes die in the raid? how did authorities see dykes holding a weapon, a key development deciding to act immediately and what was the explosion at the time of the raid? was it tactical or did dykes plant explosives around the bunker as some neighbors feared? but for the moment at least a small town community is celebrating the boy who has been at the center of their prayers is unharmed and in good spirits. >> it's a relief for us to be able to reunite a mother with her child. >> reporter: sheriff wally olson speaking after the 5-year-old we've come to know as ethan was rescued from his six-day nightmare. >> he's a very special child. he's been through a lot. he's endured a lot and it's by the grace of god that he's okay. >> reporter: it happened monday afternoon, negotiations broke down and authorities thought that jimmy lee dykes who kidnapped ethan and held him underground for a week had a gun. they stormed the bunker. >> i heard a big boom and then i heard i believe i heard rifle shots. >> reporter: and give us a sense how loud of a
in an underground bunker. this man, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. we're starting to hear why he may have killed a bus driver earlier this week but we still don't know why he grabbed a child from that bus. victor blackwell. good morning again. how are investigators actually communicating with this guy in the bunker? >> reporter: good morning, randi. this is really bizarre. however sophisticated setup. we have an animation based on what a neighbor tells us this bunker look like. there is a pvc pipe that goes from the road that leads up to jimmy lee dykes property that goes all the way to this bunker past the mobile home, past the red container, next to his home. through that, they are communicating. it's just as important to mention what authorities do not want to communicate to jimmy lee dykes. they have said to the media several times not to show live tactics, anything that they're doing as they approach the home. they have also not given us many details because they don't want to acknowledge at a time taat a acknowledge at a time d -- agitate dykes. there would be no other reason not to give details
on this compound. >> the fbi says agents stormed the bunker after suspect jimmy lee dykes became more agitated. authorities aren't releasing details but the former assistant director federal government fbi says dykes allowed food and toys to be delivered giving the agents the chance to use a flash-bang device before raiding the bunker. the boy appears to be doing well. >>> some parents in an east bay school district want the superintendent fired. there is an online petition in the brentwood unified school district calling for the removal. a teacher was accused of child abuse involving a 5-year-old autistic child. >>> how about weather and traffic? lawrence is here to tell us about a wee bit of rain. >> it would be nice to see rain make a return to the bay area. >> not today. looks like just some clouds out there right now. low clouds have swept onshore this morning, going to be slow to break up. really by the afternoon, partly cloudy skies. out over the bay you can see some of the clouds up above the bay bridge. the temperatures as a result not quite as
deteriorated this afternoon and that jimmy lee dykes was seen with agog, that is when they decided to -- with a gun, that is when they decided to enter the bunker. witnesses heard a explosion and gunfire. the boy has adhd and wasn't hurt. >> fbi agents fearing the child was in danger, entered and rescued the child. the child is physically unharmed and being treated at a local hospital. >> jimmy lee dykes was a vietnam veteran. he was known as a anti- government loaner. neighbors say he beat a dog to death once with a led pipe. >>> president obama brought his push for gun control to minnesota today. he met with leaders in minneapolis on what the city has done to reduce gun violence. he is promoting a ban on assault weapons. he want to strengthen mental health screenings for gun buyers. >> john kerry reported for his first day on the job. john kerry received a cheering ovation today. he paid tripute to u.s. ambassador chris stevens and trie -- tribute to u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others killed in benghazi last year. >> i pledge to you this, i will not let their bravery
is safe and in good spirits at a hospital. >> the suspect jimmy lee dykes is dead after fbi agents stormed his bunker. we have the details. >> good morning ainsley. good morning heather. a community breathing a sigh of relief as the little 5-year-old boy has been freed from the hands of this suspect jimmy lee dykes. they told us he was in eminent danger. the constant communication between the suspect and negotiators was beginning to deteriorate. it is unclear how but they confirmed he was holding a gun and the situation was becoming tense. remained so after the incident because last night they continued to sweep his property and check for buried bombs as the boy was taken to the local . he is laughing, joking, playing, eating, the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. he is very brave. he is very lucky and the success story is that he is out safe and doing great. >> we were at the hospital last night and spoke to fbi officials on the scene. they told us he was safe and he was okay. they released no details about his condition. what we all know is that littl
using to communicate with jimmy lee dykes. these pictures are coming as we learn new details about the daring rescue operation. martin savidge is "outfront" with the story. >> reporter: for days, as the command center and a nearby church continued to grow, authorities remain in constant communication with jimmy lee dykes, speaking to him over a telephone in his bunker. a law enforcement source characterized dykes as contentious the entire time. despite that, dykes allowed authorities to deliver what were called comfort items through a hatch. >> he allowed us to provide coloring books, medication, toys. >> reporter: dykes was said to be caring for the boy, providing an electric heater and blankets to keep him warm, leaving authorities to take the unusual step of thanking the boy's kidnapper. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. >> reporter: all seemed well until sunday afternoon, when negotiators noticed a change in dykes' demeanor. >> within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated. >> reporter: according to law enforcement sources on the scene, authorities used
to do. >> reporter: the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes, is dead. officials say they made the decision to raid the bunker after dykes began pacing and holding his gun. >> at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: the news that ethan is safe and unharmed came as a relief to the community here in midland city. >> very special child. he's been through a lot. he's endured a lot. by the grace of god, you know, he's -- he's okay. >> reporter: teresa singletary was on the bus with ethan when dykes grabbed him. >> happy, hallelujah. >> reporter: it's believed dykes may have taken the boy hostage in order to air some grievances. >> he has a story that's important it him. although it's very complex. >> reporter: authorities have not yet revealed how dykes died, nor any further details of the raid. and anne-marie, the classes at midland elementary school resume today. surely his classmates and teachers will have a reason to rejoice. and ethan has another reason to celebrate. his 6th birt
unharmed. police released a picture of the suspect. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. nbcfirmed in the navy in the '60s. he earned the a vet nam service medal. the school bus was towed away, that had been at the crime scene tuesday afternoon. dykes boarded that school bus and demanded a few children. when the bus driver refused, dykes shot and killed away and made away with a 5-year-old boy named ethan, believed to have asperger's syndrome. they have been holed up in this bunker now for several days now. police are communicating with him through a ventilation pipe. local residents are praying for a peaceful resolution. >>> joining me now with more, former fbi profiler and hostage negotiator clint van zandt. welcome to you, my friend. what a situation. going on five days now, but i know have you said the extended time might help negotiators. how does that work? >> alex, there is an old hostage negotiation axiom. time decreases stress and anxiety. that's what we want to do, bring down the stress and anxiety level of jimmy lee dykes, who is in there. we want him to strongly identify with ethan
reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave. he's very lucky, and the success story is that he is out safe and doing great. >> reporter: the dramatic end came after officers saw 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes holding a weapon. they felt they could not hold off any longer. >> at this point, fbi agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> dykes was killed during the operation. a witness in the area describes what he heard. >> i heard a big boom, and then i heard -- i believe i heard rifle shots. >> reporter: how loud of a boom?
in the arms of his family this morning. >> his abductor, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. killed in the raid that freed that little boy. they used secret cameras to watch dykes, noticed he was acting erratically and that time may had been running out. victor blackwell is live. what a relief for this family. victor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, brooke. yes, not only for the family, but for the entire community. people across the country, even in other countries, were following this story, and commenting and praying that they were hoping ethan would be able to come home soon. two reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you wou
of that bunker which is how they had knowledge jimmy lee dykes had a gun. fbi officials did confirm via e-mail that he thinks dykes was killed by law enforcement. but the fbi is processing the scene and they will release details about the shooting of dykes very soon. he says it's very important that the agency keeps certain tactics private. the feds need to protect their resources. a loud boom was heard on the scene when police stormed the bunker. they felt he was in imminent danger. last night they continued to sweep the property to check for buried bombs while the neighborhood behind me does in fact remain evacuated. martha: that little boy is celebrating a very big day tomorrow. i can't imagine what this has been like for his parents. are there any reports on how he's doing, how he's holding up at this point? >> he's doing very well. he's home or in the hospital with his mother on the eve of his 6th birthday. we are seeing the community come together. they are all signing birthday cards. the vigils we have seen nightly have turned into celebrations. >> it's been really hard on the comm
-year-old jimmy lee dykes was shot when authorities stormed the underground bunker where he was keeping this child. folks in the area say they are very happy this little boy is okay. >> we prayed for him to come out strong and safe and for his mother to wrap her arms around him and for him to know we have been praying. and it's unbelievable the support that this town has thrown in for this. >> relief was my first thought. everyone i have spoken to, just a tremendous feeling of relief. martha: i breathed a huge sigh of relief when i saw this little boy was released safely. here is congresswoman martha robey who represents the district where the little boy was taken. thank god this child is okay. what have we learned from this and was is your reaction to this mission this morning? >> let me say first to ethan and his mother and all of his family how relieved we are. i'm a mom. i have two small children. and i can just say beyond representing this district, more from the standpoint of a a mom, i can't imagine the anguish this family has gone through. and i would say to mr. poland's family,
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